Here's the syllabus and links as of 25 September, 2015
The lecture meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 - 10:30 AM in Benson Earth Sciences (BESC) Rm 185.
This syllabus is provisional and will evolve during the semester. There is a set of links to my html lecture notes for each lecture. In addition, there is a link to the Power Point lecture notes for each lecture. The Power Point notes are subject to change right up to the time of the lecture. Initially, these are the Power Point notes from last year's course.
This year we are incorporating the use of Clickers and will try to also incorporate many of the principles of the CU Science Education Initiative. So you will need to bring your clicker to class.
The recommended text is Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy by Dyar, Gunter, and Tasa. The text is available from the Mineralogical Society of America in paper or electronic. I will collect a group order the first week of class .
There are three laboratory sections offered this semester. Laboratory sections meet in BESC 455. There will be no lab sessions the first week.
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Dates Lecture Subject
Aug.25 Mineral Definition PowerPoint Lecture DGT Chapt 1
Aug27 Mineral Properties PowerPoint Lecture DGT Chapt 2
Sept. 1 Chemical Classification of Minerals PowerPoint DGT Ch 2; Lab 1: Physical Properties
Sept. 3 Mineral Environments Power Point Lecture (DGT Ch 20) Homework 1
Sept. 8 Crystal Systems & Classes Power Point Lecture Lab 2: Field Trip
Sept. 10 Point Groups Lecture DGT Chapt 3 & 4
Sept. 15 Point Groups PowerPoint Lab 3 Point Groups (Blocks I)
Sept. 17 Space Groups PowerPoint DGT Chapt 11 & 12
Sept. 22 Crystal Structures, DGT Chapt 14 Lab 4 (Blocks II)
Sept. 24 Structure and stoichiometry PowerPoint DGT Chapt 3 & 10
Sept. 29 X-rays & powder diffraction Power Point DGT Chapt 15 Lab 5 (Structure Drawing I)
Oct. 1 Density and X-ray Diffraction Power Point DGT Chapt 15
Oct. 6 Test 1 1-4 Lab 6 X-rays I (XPOW Calculation)
Oct. 13 Intro Optics- Microscope, isotropic minerals Power Point Lab 7 X-rays II (XPOW Calculation) DGT Chapt 16
Oct. 15 Birefringence & Pleochroism
Oct. 20 The Indicatrix Power Point Lab 8. Lab Exam
I tried to get the recorded lecture up but had a microphone failure. (Sorry)
Problem set 8 due Thursday (by email).
Oct. 27 Biaxial Indicatrix Lab 9. The Petrographic Microscope
Nov. 3 Lab 10. Isotropic Minerals
Nov. 5 Phase Diagrams Lecture Notes Phase Diagrams
Nov. 9 4:30 5:30 PM Any last questions?
Nov. 10 TEST 2 11. Uniaxial Minerals
Sample Class TEST II Sample Test Answers Take-home test due
Nov. 12 Systematic Mineralogy Native Elements Lecture Notes Native elements DGT Chapt 23
Nov. 17 Natives and Halides Lecture Notes Halides DGT Chapt 23 Lab. BiaxialMinerals
Nov. 19 Sulfides Lecture Notes Sulfides
Research Paper Due
Nov 24-28 Fall Break
Dec. 8 Sulfates & PhosphatesLecture Notes Sulfates Review
DEC 10 Thursday 9:30 AM FINAL EXAM
The final exam will be Thursday, Dec 10 in the regular class period.